01 Mar 2013
China has accused the US of repeatedly hacking high-profile military websites in China, including the official Chinese Defense Ministry and China Military Online sites.
The Chinese government says the sites have been attacked some 150,000 times per months. Of all attacks, some two thirds were found to originate in US, as reported by Reuters.
"According to the IP addresses, the Defense Ministry and China Military Online websites were, in 2012, hacked on average from overseas 144,000 times a month, of which attacks from the U.S. accounted for 62.9 percent," Defense Ministry spokesperson Geng Yansheng said in a news statement posted on the ministry’s website.
He also said China was concerned about the recent American plan to elaborate a national cyber-warfare strategy to protect the nation against the growing number of international state-sponsored cyber incidents, hinting at China as a culprit. “We hope the U.S. side can explain and clarify" the plan, Geng Yansheng said.
A series of cyber-espionage accusations have grabbed headlines worldwide and heightened concerns over cyber spying and cyber warfare in recent week, with accusations traded back and forth between Washington and Beijing. While the multi-page Mandiant report made public in the US elaborated on alleged Chinese implication in attacks against US targets, China publicly denied allegations and deemed them “unprofessional and inaccurate,” The Chinese blamed, in its turn, the US for countless cyber-attacks against strategic Chinese marks.
"Chinese law forbids hacking attacks which undermine mutual networking safety behavior [and] the Chinese government has always resolutely combated crime live action. The Chinese army [also do not] support any hacker activity," the Chinese official continued. Moreover he insisted China itself is a victim of cyber-attacks and wants to partner with other international players to fight the fast emerging threat.